OBITUARY

Lyle E. Baker

April 16, 1933October 30, 2018

Age 85, went home to his Lord and Savior October 30, 2018. Lyle was born April 16, 1933, to Ralph & Elva Baker (Best) of Pleasant Grove Township, MN. A 1950 graduate of Chatfield High School, he served in the Air Force from 1951 to 1955, including a year in Korea. He proudly served as a member of the 5th Air Force Band. Known as an exceptional French Horn and Trumpet player, he was offered a chair when the first Air Force Academy was formed in 1955. He joined The Minnesota State Patrol in 1957 and retired as Captain in 1990 proudly carrying Badge #29 for 33 years. Lyle served the State of Minnesota as Trooper, Head of Security for the Governor’s Mansion, and District Sergeant in Mankato. He was promoted to the rank of Captain providing operational support to Districts across the state. He continued to live a full life in retirement, gardening and tinkering in his wood shop. Lyle dedicated many years to growing a successful Shaklee business alongside his wife, Bernice. He worked along with fellow State Troopers for 10 years supporting the campgrounds at the Minnesota State Fair. His grandchildren loved visiting Grandpa in the “big water tower” that served as the campground office.

Survived by his wife, Bernice, sister, Jean Tienter of Chatfield, MN; Marcella Baker, mother of sons: Steve (Mindi) Baker, Carver, MN; Greg Baker, San Jose, CA; and Keith (Kim) Baker, So. St. Paul; stepdaughter, Shelley Drake, Murphysboro, IL; six Grandchildren; three great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his parents, sister, Rita Ryan and brother-in-law, Gordon Tienter.

  • FAMILY

  • Lyle is survived by his Wife, Bernice; Sister, Jean Tienter; Marcella Baker, Mother of Sons, Steve (Mindi) Baker, Greg Baker, and Keith (Kim) Baker; Stepdaughter, Shelley Drake; six Grandchildren; three Great-Grandchildren; and numerous Nieces and Nephews.

    He was preceded in death by his Parents; Sister, Rita Ryan; and Brother-In-Law, Gordon Tienter.
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Emelie Baker, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Morgan Baker, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Nicholas Baker, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Taryn Johnson, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Rudy Duarte, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Randy Duarte, Honorary Pallbearer

Services

  • Celebration of Life Thursday, November 8, 2018
REMEMBERING

Lyle E. Baker

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Darlene Frederickson

November 5, 2018

Lyle's family,
I got to know Lyle when he was the Captain in charge of payroll, accounting, and I believe the Fleet Operations in the Central Office in St. Paul. For many years I was the timekeeper, general secretary, and the one who forwarded and/or processed bills for payment from District 2100 in Rochester. Most of my dealings with Captain Baker were by telephone. If there was a problem I didn't know how to resolve, Lyle was always very helpful in giving me answers to my questions or providing good advice on what to do. He did this in such a professional manner that he was considered to be not only a supervisor but a co-worker and friend as well. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. May good memories of the life he shared with you help to sustain and comfort you as you adjust to being without his physical presence.
--Darlene Frederickson, Retired since 2005

FROM THE FAMILY

Biography

Age 85, went home to his Lord and Savior October 30, 2018. Lyle was born April 16, 1933, to Ralph & Elva Baker (Best) of Pleasant Grove Township, MN. A 1950 graduate of Chatfield High School, he served in the Air Force from 1951 to 1955, including a year in Korea. He proudly served as a member of the 5th Air Force Band. Known as an exceptional French Horn and Trumpet player, he was offered a chair when the first Air Force Academy was formed in 1955. He joined The Minnesota State Patrol in 1957 and retired as Captain in 1990 proudly carrying Badge #29 for 33 years. Lyle served the State of Minnesota as Trooper, Head of Security for the Governor’s Mansion, and District Sergeant in Mankato. He was promoted to the rank of Captain providing operational support to Districts across the state. He continued to live a full life in retirement, gardening and tinkering in his wood shop. Lyle dedicated many years to growing a successful Shaklee business alongside his wife, Bernice. He worked along with fellow State Troopers for 10 years supporting the campgrounds at the Minnesota State Fair. His grandchildren loved visiting Grandpa in the “big water tower” that served as the campground office.

Survived by his wife, Bernice, sister, Jean Tienter of Chatfield, MN; Marcella Baker, mother of sons: Steve (Mindi) Baker, Carver, MN; Greg Baker, San Jose, CA; and Keith (Kim) Baker, So. St. Paul; stepdaughter, Shelley Drake, Murphysboro, IL; six Grandchildren; three great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his parents, sister, Rita Ryan and brother-in-law, Gordon Tienter.